Jeannie Ortiz

Jeannie Ortiz explores what it means to be human by drawing from the natural world to create objects of protection, adornment, utility and symbolism.  Her work begins with threads of silk, cotton, linen, alpaca and wool – materials at the foundation of human civilization. Magical alchemy brings colors to life through the dyeing of fibers with harvested leaves, roots, flowers, fruits and fungi.  Weaving integrates these elements with the zen like repetition of the technological marvel that is the handloom. Uniting this whole process is nature whom informs both her materials and imparts the spark of inspiration.

The meditative process by which the threads come to life is central to the creation of Jeannieโ€™s work.    The process of weaving exists within a well-worn trail that has wound its way through all of human history.  Each thread passed through the loom adds a new layer to an ancient story, a new mode of exploration and intimate expression is revealed.   Through this work she is honored to carry this ancient craft into the future, weaving pieces that can be worn, used and loved for generations. 

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Explorations in physical expressions of art through aerial dance and movement. For the past 6 years Jeannie has been diving into the world of aerial dance and performance. Her story is just beginning to emerge into this world, and who shows what form it will take.

Daily Workings

  • Astro-bee

    Astro-bee and the fall-ing leaves. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ One of the most joyous things I can think of being under a tree loosing its leaves.
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    This Astro-bee tank is available in my Etsy shop โ€”-
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/Newtribetextiles โ€”- The image is from an intaglio print brought to life by @kyleparkercunningham
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    Photos by the wonderful @chantalelenamitchell

  • Cashmere + naturally dyed merino

    LOTS of cozy scarves on the way!

  • Lost Highways in my mind

    While weaving in the warm fall sun Iโ€™ve been listening to a fascinating and entertaining new podcast, https://www.historycolorado.org/lost-highways